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'We are called to be a 'one another' people and to build a 'one another' community'
How can we reflect this in our community?
It was always in his pocket. The two folding blades were worn down from the curved drop point they once had to what looked more like a tooth-pick. The wood-grain handle worn smooth from decades of use. Grampa’s pocket knife was legendary. You knew to go to him if you needed to cut anything: old rope, paper, a stick… you name it. I remember inventing reasons for him to get his knife out and let me use it. That was until I turned 10 (I think) and got my own. My grandfather carried his pocket knife in the practical sort of way of the pre-World War 2 generation. It was always ready, always sharp, and always with him.
My cousin and I were sending messages back and forth (on Facebook) a little while ago and she asked if I had grampa's knife. When he passed away in 2001, each of his grandchildren was given something special to remember him by. I was given one of his other pocket knives and his ring. I'm still not sure who got that knife. The memory of it is crisp in my mind because every time it was pulled from his pocket, it was like a treasure was revealed! We found every opportunity we could to get grampa to get out his knife.
This month in the Christian unions at the schools I visit, the theme for discussion is “Faithfulness”. It's takes a bit of thinking to work out how to explain this concept to 10 year olds who've only ever experienced the world from one perspective. But I think I've hit on something. The Bible uses faith as an action word, something that we actually do.
When you profess faith in Jesus Christ, His Father and the Holy Spirit, how would you explain what it is that you're saying? Is your faith a heart motivation? A mind-set? A gut feeling? Or is it something else? Some would say that committing your life to faith in God will change your life completely.
Faith, in my understanding, is trusting that someone or something is capable of something, then acting on that trust by using it for is intended purpose. That's why Paul wrote that “Faith without works is dead.” It's like throwing my granddad's little pocket knife in the bushes. It sits there and rusts away, not being used. In the same way, if I were to take care of his knife, oiling it, making sure it's clean and sharp, but never using it, then it's only a paperweight.
Like my granddad's knife, faith is only useful when it is used. A saying that comes up fairly often is this, “Pray like it all depends on God. Act like it all depends on you.”
Faith is firstly about pursuing God and seeking His will. Faith is asking God to speak hope into someone's life, then moving to take part. Faith is standing up and helping a person in need, even when your feet don't feel like it. Faith is trusting that God will complete the work He has started in you, then stepping into the Calling He has placed on your life.
This is what we should endeavour to do. God has been faithful to us, caring for us throughout all of history. I endeavour to be faithful to God as He is faithful to us!
Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
This week I’ll be at Selwood Academy. I’ll be mentoring my usual group and running the Christian Union group. It’s been a little while since I was last there because of the snow day a couple weeks ago. As I said earlier, this month’s topic of conversation is Faithfulness. This perfectly leads up to the resurrection story and the story of the Passover.
•For clarity in my conversations. I don’t always feel that confident. Pray that God would use me and speak through me when the time comes.
•For the young people I’ll be mentoring. Each of them have unique challenges they’re facing. Pray that God shifts the confusion, concerns, anxiety, and frustrations.
•For others to be called into the mission field that is young people. The harvest is ready, but the workers are few!
Town Missions Work
This Friday, 16 March, from 7-9pm, LIVE LOUNGE FROME will be at Costa Coffee! We are really excited to host the band Speak, Brother from Rugby! They’re a top class act and I can’t wait to see them live!
If you want to have a listen before tomorrow night’s events, here’s their soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/speakbrotheruk
For those who are uncertain what the point of this is, Live Lounge is a place where those who are uncomfortable with the traditions and structure of church can come and hear the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. This is an opportunity for you to invite your non-Christian friends to something that isn’t intimidating and doesn’t force the Bible on them. This is a platform for God to work in our town in a unique way.
•For God to work in the hearts and lives of those who come to Costa.
•For the person who will be sharing their testimony. This isn’t going to be easy, but the story needs to be told.
•Pray for those who come. That God would send the right people to hear what He needs them to hear
ALSO this Friday, the HOPE FROME team of volunteers will be going to the St. John’s forecourt from 10pm till 1:30am with the caravan and gazebo, serving tea, coffee & hot chocolate to those passing by.
•For God to work through these opportunities, that He would draw people to the van.
•For the volunteers who make it to the van this week. That God would work in them, moving through their openness and servant heart, that He would speak through them and be eager to share the Love of God!
•For extra support for HOPE Frome. That God would provide for the vision He plants in us, for the calling He leads each of us into.
Church Youth Work
This week, SUNDAY CAFE is ON! It will be the last week before Easter Holiday. We’re on the last week of a 4 part series on John 3:16. This leads into the message of the Cross and the sacrifice God made for us through His Son so that we could live with Him into eternity! It’s such a privilege to be able to share this message with these young people.
•That God would speak through us as leaders. That He would make Himself known. That His Spirit would descend on that place.
•That the young people would know a peace beyond anything they have ever known before.
•That the whole of youth work in Trinity would be committed into God’s care.
•That God would send young people who need to know Him. That they would be eager and receptive to the Gospel. That we would be ready and able to serve Him in the ministry He is calling us into.
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Cafe)
- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)
A photograph taken by Christian photographer Reggie Haslett - Copyright 2013
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Food produce, church harvest festivals and Fair Frome
FACT has circulated all the churches encouraging them to direct (non perishable!) produce gifts towards Fair Frome, our local "food bank". Teams work in the storage unit sorting and packing food three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and it would be fantastic if the food can be delivered on these days. However, collection can be arranged if it is difficult to organise deliveries. Either way it would be very helpful for them to know in advance when deliveries are likely if at all possible.
The Food Bank would be happy to receive donations of food - there is currently a need for:
Tinned Snacks, (eg ravioli/spag bol/ beans & sausages)
Pasta Snacks, Rice Snacks, Pot Noodles,
Long life milk.
Please see a poster for more details and a list of the items Fair Frome is regularly in need of, by clicking on the grey button to the right.
Please click on this link button to read or download a letter to the church as a whole from Rev Simon Ponsonby
Christian Comment - 15th February 2018
We have recently been remembering the extraordinary courage of the suffragists and suffragettes who through their protest and actions achieved so much for the rights and dignity of women. And yet this is still “work in progress” as is illustrated by all the recent allegations of abuse of women, and by the pay structures of the BBC.
Two men who lived two thousand years ago in an extremely male dominated culture stand out in their enlightened treatment of women. Jesus was supported financially by a wealthy woman who travelled with him and he encouraged Mary to sit at his feet as a disciple rather than work in the kitchen with her sister. Paul names several women who were key workers with him and calls one an apostle. His vision for the church is a charismatic community where distinctions of gender, race or class are obsolete.
As the church transitioned to a more hierarchical structure much of this was lost. It is sad that the church has been slow to rediscover the gift of gender equality and benefit at all levels from the wonderful contributions of the once silenced majority. After all the first chapter of the Bible tells us that we are made male and female in God’s image!
Reader, Holy Trinity Frome